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MLB: Preventing the Blue Jays from breaking the record for winning the season

TORONTO — George Springer hit innings and Bo Bichette hit five in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-3 win Friday night, ending the Tampa Bay Rays’ 13-game preseason winning streak.

Jose Berrios pitched five innings in his best start of the year and won the Blue Jays (9-5) for the eighth time in 10 games.

The Blue Jays took advantage of two walks and two runs in the fifth inning. Josh Lowe and Christian Bethancourt closed the deficit with back-to-back long balls against Yemi Garcia in the seventh inning.

“I thought our style was great and the defense was fine,” said Blue Jays coach John Schneider. These are things we talk about. When you play against teams as good as these, the naysayers have to be out.

“Between that and the way we played it, it’s a very satisfying win.”

Eric Swanson pitched the eighth inning without a run for the Blue Jays and Jordan Romano shut out his shop in the ninth inning for his fifth save.

The Rays were looking to set the modern major league record for most consecutive wins in a season starter. The 1982 Atlanta Braves and 1987 Milwaukee Brewers share the record with the Rays.

“Obviously you pay attention to what they did in the first 13 games,” admitted Sneijder. We appreciate that as a baseball fan. It’s a good team. But I think we’re just focused on winning the series. »

The 1982 Atlanta Braves and 1987 Milwaukee Brewers share the record with the Rays. However, the 1884 St. Louis Maroons have a record of Union Assembly.

“I really like what I saw for two weeks,” said Ray’s principal Kevin Cash. When it comes to talking about a team from 1884, it’s because you’re doing something good amazing. »

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Rays player Drew Rasmussen (2-1) came into the game with an immaculate era this season. Springer quickly turned things around by hitting his second pitch of the game over the wall for his third home run of the year.

Berrios retired (1-2) in the first eight rays but was forced to step down after the fifth inning with a bruised left knee after being hit in the back of his leg. He managed to make the play and hit Diaz for the third time of the inning.

The Blue Jays rallied in the final half of the inning after Bechet and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled and walked Dalton Varshaw. Rasmussen left the match after Matt Chapman was sent off.

Reliever Colin Butch entered left handed and walked Alejandro Kirk, then Santiago Espinal, to make it 4-1.

Bichette scored two doubles and three singles in the win.